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Vinyasa Yoga & the Chakras Workshop - Online
With Moena de Jong
25 April 2020 Go to schedule
The Chakras are spinning wheels of energy, a storage place of Prana (lifeforce). When the harmony of Yang and Yin is disturbed, we can experience a blockage that appears either physically or mentally.
How Vinyasa yoga relates to the chakras: our body counts hundreds of energy meeting points. When we talk about the Chakras, we mention the seven main energy wheels where we develop our personality and spiritual growth. The order in a Yang (Vinyasa, Astanga, Hatha) sequence is based on the Chakra system.
In this 3 part workshop, you will discover how each Asana group (e.g. forward bends, twists, inversions, backbends) relates to one of the seven main Chakras and which relationships in our lives work together with a specific Chakra. You will experience how yoga truly is a practice of purification. As our lives are based on different relationships (e.g.: parents friends/lovers/ teachers etc.) we find out the importance, joy, and challenges in all relationships. Just like our yoga practice can be challenging, both as supporting and healing.
To understand an Asana, we build up in all workshops in a progressive manner toward a peak pose with modifications so you can experience harmony and stabilization. To take a challenge in your Asana practice can help to remove accumulated energy blockages in a Chakra to move beyond the boundaries of the mind. Pranayama will be part of this series of workshops to stimulate the energy body as like Mantras to illuminate all Chakras.
Every workshop will focus on a Vinyasa Yoga practice, related to 2-3 of the main Chakras. Through intelligent sequencing, we'll build up towards a peak pose (with modifications). Chakra philosophy will be interwoven to understand yourself and your relationship with others better. Pranayama and Mantra will also be part of these workshops, to clarify and illuminate our energy body.
As each Chakra relates with an Asana group we’ll relate every workshop with a different focus:
Workshop 1: Saturday 22 February 2020
Muladhara and Svadisthana Chakra
The first and second chakra are our ground. The place where we can come home in ourselves. Standing poses, as well as hip openers, are asanas targeting these two first chakras. Through a Vinyasa practice, we work toward a peak pose for Muladhara chakra (Svarga Dvidasana) and for Svadisthana Chakra (Eka Pada) and Koundiyasana (flying split). Of course, modifications will be given.
A healthy root Chakra connects you with vitality to your family or origin and your immediate society. When we have experienced challenges in the 0-7 years of our lives, we can have survival issues, emotional dysfunction, stress and or restlessness. Health issues like a poor immune system, weight problems, joint pain can appear. In our behaviour, it appears that when the first Chakra is out of balance we can feel unsafe or unsupported and or grasp for competition and greed. A regular sleeping and eating pattern helps to stabilise the Muladhara chakra.
In our Yoga practice (besides focussing on the Yamas and Niyamas) Pranayama helps to approve circulation and stimulate the Pranapana (the fusion of Prana: uplifting and Apana: downward going energy) According to our Asana (physical practice) and the Chakra system; standing poses help to stimulate and harmonise the 1st Chakra. Standing poses help us to feel steady and related to the earth. To feel grounded and supported.
Sthira Sukham Asanam: "An Asana should be both steady (Sthira) as joyful (Sukham) to free us from the fluctuations of the mind."
The Svadhistahana Chakra is seen as the place between heaven and earth and is influenced by the element of water; connected to life: wherein Sanskrit life is translated as "Jivan" but also means soul and water. Water is characterized by fluidity and movement. When we frame it with barriers, the water stands still. The enrichment of our personality begins in the second Chakra. Friendships, love relationships and making sacrifices for others starts here.
When the energy of Svadhisthana Chakra is imbalanced, this can be characterized as: unfulfilled desires, stagnation of creativity and issues with sexuality. The second Chakra also represents a form of aimlessness. When we see the world as an obstacle and discipline as unwanted control, the negative spirit starts working: we can no longer get pleasure from the small things surrounding us, become restless, jealous and pessimistic.
Just as water flows from high to low, Svadisthana Chakra can have a downward spiral effect on the mind. In Asana practice, hip openers are central to stimulate the second Chakra and to keep the water element fluid.
"Om Namah Shivaya: I am humble towards the movement and constant change of life”
Workshop 2: Saturday 25 April 2020 - Online
Manipura and Anahata Chakra
The third chakra is located in the solar plexus or navel area. This chakra deals with our self-confidence but also governs our digestive system. We target this chakra in twists (Paravritta Bakasana) Anahata chakra, the fourth chakra is the heart chakra. This centre is all about love, joy and compassion. All chest openers are heart openers, targeting Anahata Chakra. In this workshop, we'll work towards a Vrishikasana (Scorpio).
The Manipura Chakra is a mirror of our Karma, charity, mistakes, sadness & Dharma. Fire is the ruling element, which manifests itself as angry looks and temperamental behaviour. It’s also the centre of gravity of the body. Our behaviour that’s influenced by Manipura Chakra can be seen as an urge to identify oneself, a need for recognition, power play and a desire for better living conditions.
Reputation, authority and status are central to those where the third Chakra dominates. Since the sun is the ruling planet in Manipura Chakra, intellectual power plays a major role. When this Chakra isn’t balanced, vanity and acting from desires without thinking about the consequences play a major role.
In Asana practise, twists are central to stimulate and balance the third Chakra. Consistent practice for the Manipura Chakra will result in the purification of body and mind and awareness of the consequences of our actions.
"Tapasya: through consistent practice, the magic in body and mind will awaken"
This centre is all about love, joy and compassion. Anahata Chakra is seen as the centre of devotion and transformation. It shines in the middle of the spine and is also called "chakra mala, the garland of chakras": with three Chakras below and three Chakras above. When meditating on the fourth Chakra supported by Pratyahara (closing off the senses), feelings such as attachment and possessiveness can come up. Male and female energy becomes more balanced and relationships become purer.
In Asana practise, heart openers are central to stimulate and harmonize Anahata Chakra. Being able to give and receive unconditional love is the highest result.
"Sri Krishna Sharanam Mamam: in absolute love I find my hiding place”
Workshop 3: Saturday 9 May 2020
Vishuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara Chakra
Vishuddha chakra is located in the throat centre and deals with speech, speaking up and sharing. Ajna chakra is our third eye centre. It allows us to see our Self and discriminate between what is real and unreal. Sahasrara chakra, our crown chakra, is the most subtle of all seven chakras. It's about pure consciousness and enlightenment. We access the three upper chakras through inversions like shoulder stand (Sarvangasana), headstand (Sirsasana) and handstand (Vrksasana).
Vishuddha chakra is located in the throat centre and deals with speech, speaking up and sharing. Vishuddha Chakra is the centre of spiritual rebirth. It initiates Jnana (knowledge), Prana (life energy), Apana (air that cleanses the body) and Vijana (air that regulates blood). When the fifth Chakra develops, we feel the need for a simple, basic life and pure thoughts. We spend more time inside than outside and can communicate better on a non-verbal level as the energy is more refined. In an imbalance in Vishuddha Chakra, doubt and negative thoughts can arise.
In Asana practise, supported shoulder stand has a positive stimulating and harmonizing effect on the fifth Chakra. Open communication with ourselves and others will unfold.
"Satyam Bruyat Priyam Bruyat: speak sincerely and speak with sincere kindness"
Ajna chakra is our third eye centre. It allows us to see our Self and discriminate between what is real and unreal. The Ajna Chakra is the place where meditation takes place. The sixth Chakra is also called the third eye; the physical eyes see the past and the present, while the 3rd eye conceals the future. Where our physical eyes represent the sun and moon, the third eye represents fire. Together this stands for the manifestation of our consciousness.
In Ajna Chakra, components of duality are equalized and the awareness that there is a force that’s much greater than us is realized. The sixth Chakra is associated with the pineal gland (also known as the "bliss" gland) that transports brain fluid through that brain and through the spinal cord to the base of the spine. That is why the sixth and first Chakra are directly connected. The pineal gland itself reacts very sensitive to light. When our sixth Chakra develops, light forms around the head and aura. The fear of a "spiritual relapse" disappears and deep confidence manifests.
In Asana practise balance positions are central to experience the characteristics of Ajna Chakra. When the sixth Chakra has evolved we recognize the divine in ourselves and others.
"Aham Brahmasi: I am the divine, everything is Brahman"
Sahasrara chakra, our crown chakra, is the most subtle of all seven chakras. It's about pure consciousness and enlightenment.
This chakra is also known as the 1000-leaf lotus Chakra. Prana moves to the highest point. At this stage, all feelings, emotions and desires (which are activities of the mind) are dissolved in their basis. When Sahasrara Chakra dominates, there is no activity of the mind. Knowledge and the one who thinks become one and are freed: the yogi is Satchitananda (truth, pure being & bliss): the highest state of being. When we are established in the seventh Chakra we will master Yoga wisdom and power but will transcend the feeling or need to display them.
In Asana practise, headstands work specifically on Sahasrara Chakra as the crown can be seen as a gateway to Self-realization.
“Om Namah Shivaya Gurave Sacchidananda Murtaye Nisprapanchaya Shantaya Niralambaya Tejase: I open my heart to the power of Grace. That lives in us as goodness, that never is absent and radiates peace. It lights the way to transformation “
In the online format, Moena will guide you through the online application ‘Zoom’. Zoom is a live streaming platform with many interactive features - it provides a shared space for students, teachers, and assistants. Delight Yoga has been using Zoom to organise live-streamed classes, workshops, and training days and we have had very positive experiences with it.
Zoom allows you to participate in the training from home, but you can ask questions and connect with teachers and other students as if you were in the same physical location.
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About Moena de Jong
Because practising yoga is an art form connected to the heart, Moena teaches her classes in a way she would also love to receive her own teachings:
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